El Alcalde Turner honro a 10 voluntarios de la comunidad

Feb 12, 2019

El Alcalde Turner honro a 10 voluntarios de la comunidad

Este día el alcalde de Houston el sr. TURNER otorgó a 10 asociaciones un reconocimiento a su destacada labor de servicio a la comunidad. Expresando así, que han sido personas que algunas con problemas en su salud siguen sirviendo al prójimo, para poder poner una sonrisa en ellos y hacer un Houston cada día mejor.

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Mayor’s Office for People With Disabilities Co-hosts ReelAbilities Film and Arts Festival

Feb 12, 2019

SHOWTIME® ANNOUNCES FOUR-PART DOCUMENTARY SERIES ACTIONEXPLORING LEGALIZATION OF SPORTS GAMBLING

(Photo credit: Amanda Westcott/Showtime – From left: Bill “Krack” Krackomberger, Kelly Stewart)

 

Character-Driven Narrative Chronicles Reshaping Of Sports Betting Industry Throughout The 2018 NFL Season

Premieres Sunday, March 24 At 8 PM ET/PT

Watch, Share And Embed ACTION Video Promo: https://youtu.be/cak1SPjYk9A

NEW YORK – February 12, 2019 – SHOWTIME Sports Documentary Films today announced a multi-part docu-series titled ACTION, exploring the legalization of sports gambling and its evolving impact on the gambling community as the industry navigates a landmark 2018 court ruling. Peeling back the curtain on a once taboo industry during its most critical juncture, the four-part series will premiereSunday, March 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

ACTION chronicles the lives of professional gamblers, bookies and oddsmakers throughout the 2018 NFL season following the Supreme Court decision to lift a ban on sports betting. The series will culminate with the biggest gambling day of the year, Super Bowl Sunday. The character-driven narrative delivers intimate access to a diverse cross-section of authentic and sometimes garrulous subjects within the sports gaming community, documenting the effects of legalization through their prisms.

“The world of sports gambling has fascinated Hollywood for decades, but never before has a documentary captured the essence of the industry at such a pivotal period,” said Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports and Event Programming, Showtime Networks Inc. “Through the lens of industry professionals and real-life gamblers within every virtual layer of the business – both legal and illegal – ACTIONdelivers a one-of-a-kind look as sports gambling enters a brave new world.”

Said director Luke Korem: “The chorus of human stories we present in ACTION will resonate far beyond the world of sports and gambling. This is a sub-culture that reflects to an extreme the risk, reward and uncertainty we find in our everyday lives. I’m thrilled that SHOWTIME is allowing us to capture these stories at such a unique moment in history.”

An estimated $400-$500 billion is wagered annually on sports gambling in the United States. The central figures introduced in ACTIONrange from some of the most respected experts to influencers in the industry, such as reputed professional gambler Bill “Krack” Krackomberger, sports handicapper Kelly Stewart and polarizing sports betting consultant Dave “Vegas Dave” Oancea. ACTION also features Seattle Seahawks quarterback and Super Bowl Champion Russell Wilson, legendary bookmaker Jimmy Vaccaro, sports broadcasting icon Brent Musburger and comedian Cousin Sal.

ACTION is a presentation of SHOWTIME Sports Documentary Films. The series is directed and executive produced by Luke Korem (Dealt) and executive produced by Andrew Fried, Dane Lillegard and Jordan Wynn from Boardwalk Pictures (Chef’s Table, Last Chance U) as well as executive produced by David Check, who also serves showrunner of the series. ACTION is a Boardwalk Pictures production, in association with Keep On Running Pictures.

ACTION is the latest in a series of culturally significant unscripted programming from SHOWTIME Sports. Additional titles in the lineup include DISGRACED, which won the 2018 Sports Emmy® Award for Best Documentary, the multi-part series SHUT UP AND DRIBBLE, and BIPOLAR ROCK ‘N’ ROLLER. 

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL and FLIX®, and also offers SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND and FLIX ON DEMAND®, and the network’s authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME®. Showtime Digital Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of SNI, operates the stand-alone streaming service SHOWTIME®. SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS, and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Amazon, Apple®, Google, LG Smart TVs, Oculus Go, Roku®, Samsung Smart TVs and Xbox One. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, DirecTV Now, FuboTV, Hulu, Sling TV, Sony PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV. Viewers can also watch on computers atShowtime.com. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel and Smithsonian Channel Plus™. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV. For more information, go to www.SHO.com.

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Suspect Arrested, Another Wanted in Crash at 9000 West Montgomery

Feb 12, 2019

Suspect Arrested, Another Wanted in Crash at 9000 West Montgomery

***Please note time and location of availability with investigators***

Houston police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect charged and wanted in a crash that occurred at 9000 West Montgomery about 1:30 p.m. on October 27, 2018.  The crash left a HPD Traffic Enforcement officer with serious injuries.

Both suspects, Terrance Carr (b/m, 34) and Andre Morris (b/m, 37),  are charged with aggravated assault against a public servant in the 182nd State District Court.  Carr remains at-large, while Morris was arrested on November 25, 2018.  A previous photo of Carr and a current photo of Morris are attached to this news release.

Both are accused in a crash in which Senior Police Officer T. Hammons was struck and seriously injured.

Morris was driving a red truck and pushing his brother, Carr, who was in a disabled silver sedan in the 9000 block of West Montgomery when Carr lost control of the disabled sedan and attempted to avoid another vehicle by driving into oncoming traffic.  There he struck Officer Hammons, who was off-duty, but in uniform and escorting a funeral procession.  Officer Hammons was thrown from his motorcycle and suffered two broken legs and internal injuries.

According to Morris, they were attempting to push the sedan approximately seven miles to the area of 39th and North Main.  They had towing straps in their possession but did not use them.  The vehicle could only be stopped by the use of the parking brake.

Video footage of the crash can be viewed on the HPD YouTube page at https://youtu.be/oDNhgB4seKE.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Carr is urged to contact the HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Hit and Run Unit at 713-247-4072 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

At 10:30 a.m. TODAY, investigators will be available to answer questions in the case in the Media Briefing Room on the first floor of the HPD Edward A. Thomas Building at 1200 Travis. 

NOTE: REPORTERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS MUST ENTER THE BUILDING THROUGH THE PUBLIC ENTRANCE AT 1200 TRAVIS, GO THROUGH THE METAL DETECTORS AND PROVIDE VALID IDENTIFICATION BEFORE BEING ESCORTED TO THE MEDIA BRIEFING ROOM.

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Mayor Sylvester Turner & OBO Celebrate Houston Businesses During 2019 Champions of Diversity Awards

Feb 11, 2019
Mayor Sylvester Turner & OBO Celebrate Houston Businesses During 2019 Champions of Diversity Awards
HOUSTON – Leaders from local businesses and governments were recognized for their work in promoting a diverse and robust local economy during the 6th annual City of Houston Champions of Diversity Awards Ceremony at the George R. Brown Convention Center on February 7, 2019.

The theme of “Celebrating Economic Recovery, Sustainability and Resiliency” was reflected in the 10 honorees, ranging in categories from Construction Contractor of the Year to Community Partner of the Year. A total of six local businesses, two individuals, one City of Houston department and a community partner were recognized for their work.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner handed out the prestigious awards.

“We celebrate these award winners who reflect Houston’s diversity and support a competitive and robust business environment,” Mayor Turner said. “These honorees have helped achieve the goal of awarding nearly $900 million dollars in City of Houston contracts to MWBEs (Minority & Women Business Enterprises) since I’ve been Mayor, bringing to reality my vision of Houston as a City of Opportunities.”

Champions of Diversity is organized by the City of Houston’s Office of Business Opportunity (OBO) and its Advisory Board, which is made up of Houstonians from diverse backgrounds and businesses.

Carlecia D. Wright is The City of Houston’s Chief Diversity Officer and Director of the Office of Business Opportunity. Director Wright notes the importance of recognizing those who help make Houston a top city for minority entrepreneurs, according to the website Expert Market.

“A healthy, progressive economy is one that offers every citizen the opportunity to provide for themselves and their families,” Director Wright said. “Champions of Diversity honorees reflect these values and help promote the success of small businesses, which leads to a competitive and diverse economic environment that benefits all Houstonians.”

Alicia Jimerson is Chair of the OBO Advisory Board and owner of Jimerson Underground, Inc., a City of Houston Certified Disadvantaged, Business Enterprise (DBE), Women Business Enterprise (WBE) and Small Business Enterprise (SBE). Herself an entrepreneur, Chair Jimerson applauds the hard work and dedication of the 2019 winners.

“The honorees represent a wide swath of businesses and advocates, ranging from a multi-national corporation, to a local contractor to a long-time City of Houston employee,” Chair Jimerson said. “OBO’s Advisory Board applauds them for the work they do every single day to deliver quality work and improve all of our lives.”

Below is a full list of winners, along with a photo, links to videos and more details:

CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR ~ PRIME
Houston Waterworks Team (HWT)

CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR ~ CERTIFIED PRIME
Resicom, Inc.

GOODS & SERVICES CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR ~ PRIME
Tetra Tech, Inc.

GOODS & SERVICES CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR ~ CERTIFIED PRIME
BL Technology, Inc.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR ~ PRIME
Parsons & H.J. Russell IAH Team

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR ~ CERTIFIED PRIME
Netsync Network Solutions, Inc.

CITY OF HOUSTON DEPARTMENT OF THE YEAR
Houston Information Technology Services (HITS)

COMMUNITY PARTNER OF THE YEAR
Houston Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center

ERNEST B. McGOWEN, SR. CHAMPION OF DIVERSITY AWARD
The Honorable Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Precinct 1

OBO CHAIRMAN’S ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR
Ms. Marsha E. Murray, Esq.

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Suspect Wanted, Charged in Fatal Shooting at 7900 Grow Lane

Feb 11, 2019
Suspect Wanted, Charged in Fatal Shooting at 7900 Grow Lane
Charges have been filed against a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of a woman found at 7900 Grow Lane about 2:55 a.m. on February 3.

The suspect, Wilson Rivera-Madrid (H/m, 27), is charged with murder in the 232nd State District Court.  A photo of Rivera-Madrid, who is not in custody, is attached to this news release.

The victim, Cindi Fajardo, 32, was transported to an area hospital in critical condition with a life-threatening gunshot wound to the head.  Doctors pronounced her deceased on February 7.

HPD Homicide Division Detectives N. Sharp and K. Fregia reported:

A witness saw a male suspect dragging a woman (Ms. Fajardo) from the passenger side of his vehicle, described as a silver or gray 2010 Toyota Tundra pickup truck.  The suspect left Fajardo on the side of the road at the above address before getting back into his vehicle and fleeing the scene.  Fajardo was transported by Houston Fire Department paramedics to the hospital.

According to witnesses, Fajardo was seen at a night club having an argument with the suspect prior to them leaving together.  A short time later, she was abandoned at the above location.

Further investigation led to the identification of Rivera-Madrid as a suspect on this case and, on February 7, he was charged for his role in Fajardo’s death.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Wilson RIvera-Madrid is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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Suspect Charged, Wanted in Shooting Incident at 6419 Wilshire Lakes

Feb 11, 2019
Suspect Charged, Wanted in Shooting Incident at 6419 Wilshire Lakes
Charges have been filed against a suspect wanted in the shooting of a man at 6419 Wilshire Lakes about 8:50 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 9).

The suspect, Dietrich Thomas (b/m, 22), is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 185th State District Court for his role in the shooting of Johnathan Carter, 30.

A 2018 booking photo of suspect Thomas is attached to this news release.  He is not in custody.

HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division Officers G. Black and C. Bowling reported:

Officers responded to a shooting call at the above address and found Mr. Carter lying on the ground.  He had sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

Witnesses stated Carter was attending a family gathering with his child’s mother when Thomas arrived and pulled a handgun.  Thomas began shooting at Carter and chased him down the street as he was firing the weapon.  Carter was struck in the right arm and right knee.  After the shooting, Thomas left the scene in a white Dodge Charger.  Paramedics transported Carter to an area hospital where he underwent surgery.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of suspect Dietrich Thomas is urged to contact the HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division at 713-308-880 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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Application period opens for mayor’s 2019 summer jobs program for youths

Feb 11, 2019
Application period opens for mayor’s 2019 summer jobs program for youths
HOUSTON — Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Hire Houston Youth jobs program is open for summer 2019.

All youth ages 16 to 24 in the Houston area can apply for paid jobs and internships in many kinds of industries, non-profit organizations and businesses as well as City of Houston government.

Visit www.hirehoustonyouth.org to apply. Click on the “youth” tab, create an account, and choose a job to apply for. We also encourage youth to follow Hire Houston Youth on social media on Instagram and Twitter @hireHOUyouth.

“Hire Houston Youth empowers young people from many walks of life to ‘earn and learn’ as they plan and train for full-time jobs in Houston’s dynamic economy,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said.

Selected applicants will be paid at least $8 per hour for at least 7 weeks during the summer, and some employers are seeking immediate placements.

Companies such as American Pool Houston are looking to hire 400 lifeguards at various community pools, for example. Other employers include McDonald’s, United Airlines, Texas Department of Transportation, Houston Airport System, MD Anderson Cancer Center, iT’z Pizza and non-profit organizations like Urban Enrichment Institute, Houston Food Bank and more.

More employers are urged to join the program. Mayor Turner has set a goal of 10,000 jobs for summer 2019, up from 7,500 last year. He started the program in 2016 with 2,500 jobs.

In lieu of providing summer jobs, employers can make a tax deductible $2,500 donation to sponsor a subsidized youth to work at a non-profit organization, and/or become vendor at a job or career fair.

To sign up, employers should visit hirehoustonyouth.org and create an employer account.

In addition to participating in Hire Houston Youth, young people will have the chance to seek employment by participating in summer job and career fairs at City of Houston multi-service centers, Lone Star College – Victory campus, George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston Food Bank, and other locations. Voter registration and resources for youth and families will be on site.

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Top Ten Stolen Vehicles for January 2019

Feb 8, 2019

Top Ten Stolen Vehicles for January 2019

The following is a list of the “Top Ten” makes of vehicles reported as stolen to the Houston Police Department during the month of January 2019.

1. Chevrolet Trucks 212
2. Ford Trucks 123
3. Chevrolet Cars 47
4. Honda Cars 42
5. Toyota Cars 40
GMC Trucks 40
6. Dodge Trucks 35
7. Nissan Cars 29
8. Ford Cars 25
9. Nissan Trucks 19
Cadillac Trucks 19
10. Dodge Cars 18
Toyota Trucks 18

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Suspect Arrested in Fatal Shooting at 8500 Nairn Street

Feb 8, 2019
Suspect Arrested in Fatal Shooting at 8500 Nairn Street
A suspect wanted and charged in the fatal shooting of one man and the wounding of another at 8500 Nairn Street about 10:20 p.m. on January 24, 2018 is now in custody.

The suspect, Christopher Joseph Cruz (H/m, 21), is charged with murder and aggravated assault-serious bodily injury in the 228th State District Court.

A Harris County Sheriff’s Office booking photo of Cruz is attached to this news release.

The deceased victim is Raymond Lindgren, 40, of the above address.  A second victim, Luis Santos-Rosa, 25, also of the above address, was transported to an area hospital and survived his wounds.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J. Rhodes and Detectives J. Nguyen and W. Huff reported:

HPD patrol officers responded to the 8600 block of Nairn regarding a male found shot inside a white SUV.  Officers were told by the wounded man,  Mr. Santos-Rosa, that his neighbor, Mr. Lindgren, had also been shot near their apartment complex at the above address.  Additional officers went to the Rockport Apartments and found Lindgren deceased in a parking lot on the south side of the complex.

A preliminary investigation determined Lindgren and a male suspect possibly got into an argument.  The suspect then shot Lindgren, who was then pronounced deceased by responding HFD paramedics.  Santos-Rosa witnessed the shooting and, as he tried to drive away, the suspect fired into his  vehicle, striking him at least once.  The suspect then fled the scene.

Further investigation identified Cruz as the suspect in this case and, on September 7, 2018, charges were filed against him.  Investigators later determined Cruz had fled to Honduras.  He was located and arrested by the Honduran National Police.  As of January 31, he was brought back to the United States by the United States Marshals and was booked into the Harris County Jail.

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Suspects Arrested, Charged in Shooting Incident at 4401 Davenport

Feb 8, 2019
Suspects Arrested, Charged in Shooting Incident at 4401 Davenport
Charges have been filed against three suspects arrested in the shooting of a man that occurred at 4401 Davenport about 9:50 p.m. on Wednesday (February 6).

Two suspects, Jonathan Dewitt (b/m, 17) and Trevion Skinner (b/m, 19), are charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 184th State District Court.  The other suspect, Avery Bass (b/m, 27), is charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon in Harris County Criminal Court #4.

Booking photos of all three suspects are attached to this news release.

The victim, David Bonilla, 26, was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital in stable condition.

HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division Detectives R. Naughton and V. Habukiha reported:

A group of people had gathered for a birthday party at the above address.  The three suspects repeatedly circled the residence in a silver-colored Chevrolet Malibu before stopping.  Dewitt exited the vehicle, driven by Skinner, and shot Mr. Bonilla before fleeing the scene.

Houston police officers located the Malibu, initiated a traffic stop, and took all three suspects into custody.

Anyone with additional information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division at 713-308-8800 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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